'It gets better and better'

MORLEY'S high school heads have expressed their delight at this year's GCSE examination results.

Ecstatic Woodkirk head Bill Bailey said: "It has been another bumper year. The overall pass rate at grades A* to C was 62 per cent, and over the past five years it has increased by 20 per cent. The reasons are good discipline, the fact that teaching and learning strategies are beginning to bear fruit and that individual attention by all staff has been a major factor in boosting the results. The children are to be commended on their enthusiasm and commitment.

"The most remarkable feature is the improvement in the boys' performance.

"The difference between the girls and the boys has fallen from 24.8 per cent to 0.5 per cent. In grades A* to C, the boys' pass rate was 61.6 per cent, and the girls' 62.1 per cent. I'm absolutely delighted with the results. Things just get better."

Retiring Morley High head, Dr Roland Walker, said he was "really pleased", adding: "We did better than predicted. Twenty-seven candidates got ten or more passes at grades A* to C, and 64 candidates passed in eight or more subjects. There was also success for the students on alternative curriculum vocational courses. In fact, every student entered got either a GCSE or a Certificate of Achievement.

"Worthy of special mention are Hannah Boynes, Clare Foxwell and Katie Cuthbertson, who between them obtained 20 A* passes. It's a wonderful way for me to finish my teaching career. Changes at the school over the past 12 years have been phenomenal, and the award of technology college status was the icing on the cake."

Bruntcliffe head Lynda Johnson said: "This year's results included some outstanding performances. Rebecca Duxbury achieved four A8s and five As. Her twin sister, Katie, gained three A8s, four As and two Bs.

"We have maintained our tradition of high achievement in vocational subjects. Five students gained distinctions in Full Intermediate GNVQ Business, equivalent to four As at GCSE. Catherine Todd, Emma Lindley, Gemma Sharrock, Chris Milnes and Daniel Stevenson therefore each gained 12 GCSEs at A-C.

"Against the national trend we continue to have success with a full range of students, over 96 per cent of whom have gained five or more passes at GCSE.

"Our sixth form numbers are very strong for next year, building on the firm foundations of GCSE success."